The Optimist’s Daughter

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

This story of a young woman’s confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations.

This book was required reading for a workshop I’m taking in February. Apparently it won the Pulitzer prize back in the seventies. This is the first of Welty’s work I’ve ever read.

It was really my cup of tea. Not enough description or details. I feel like the characters were just floating around in space, having conversations, and vaguely doing things. It was almost like eavesdropping on a bunch of strangers…I never really felt like I was part of this story.

Faye’s character drove me nuts. I think she was supposed to, but still…it was just too much. She didn’t even seem realistic, just a caricature of a really selfish and spoiled person.

I didn’t really find The Optimist’s Daughter boring though. It moved along quick enough and was very short. I think it could have benefitted from some extra length

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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